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A New Kind of Apologist: *Adopting Fresh Strategies *Addressing the Latest Issues *Engaging the Culture Paperback – March 1, 2016
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About the Author
Sean McDowell is an educator and a popular speaker at schools, churches, and conferences nationwide. He is author of Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, coauthor of 77 FAQs About God and the Bible, Experience Your Bible, and Understanding Intelligent Design, and general editor of Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He is currently pursuing a PhD in apologetics and worldview studies. Sean’s website, www.seanmcdowell.org, offers his blog, many articles and videos, and much additional curriculum.
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Sean McDowell, the General Editor, outlines the purpose of the book, writing, “In this book, you will see the intersection between apologetics and important topics such as economics, politics, and race. You will learn how to tackle thorny matters of our day such as the transgender issue and religious liberty. You will gain a model for answering tough questions such as the exclusivity of Christ and new challenges to the Bible. And you will learn practical skills such as having apologetics conversations, asking good questions, using social media, and mentoring the next generation” (p.16).
Apologists are often seen as know-it-alls, with type-A personalities, always looking to argue, and prove others wrong. This book looks to break that trend, providing an apologetics approach that is nonabrasive, is more in line with biblical mandates, and remains uncompromised. The heart of McDowell and the other apologists is evident throughout the publication, as they show a great deal of compassion when addressing divisive issues, and recommend strategies to engage non-believers with warmth and love. Overall, this is a great book, and is highly recommended to every Christian, especially those engaged in apologetics, evangelism, and/or church leadership.
I really enjoyed each contributing author. A lot of work was obviously done to make sure each chapter had a unique contribution to establishing Christian apologetics in a modern framework. I particularly enjoyed Holly Ordway and Lenny Esposito’s chapters that seek to show that apologetics don’t have to be dry. Rather, the story of Christianity can be established in storytelling and using movie experiences to relate better to modern audiences. After all, if Christianity is true, then its foundational truths can be discussed through a variety of life experiences and situations.
I must confess that Terry Glaspey’s chapter on intuitional apologetics didn’t hit home to me. However, in our postmodern world where many question whether truth exists at all, and are ruled more by their feelings than reason, it might ring particularly true.
Fine book for all that want to explore how to make their apologetic witness more relevant to today’s culture. For those interested in exploring Christianity further, it provides a wonderful sample of a variety of ways Christianity can be studied.
Essays from some of the top apologists and Christian scholars of today span the gamut of current issues such as politics, gender identity, creation, and the impact of non-Christian religions in a way that highlights the urgency for Christians to be able to present the case for their faith to a skeptical world. Other essays focus on methodologies such as story telling, questioning, and cinema for gospel outreach. Particularly effective are interviews with non-believers that provide vignettes illustrating both the complexity and urgency of the need for apologetically minded Churches and para-church organizations.
Readers should expect encouragement on the need for robust apologetics. This book provides many different perspectives on thoughtful ways to approach defending the Christian faith for those seeking a way to assist friends and family who need timely help. It will be of particular interest to believers concerned about preparing children for life as adults leaving home to live in a post-Christian society.
A quick review of the table of contents will show anyone with an interest in a fresh approach to apologetics that this is a necessary read. I've already recommended this book to a number of my friends.
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Sean McDowell is a professor at Biola University and a prominent speaker and public figure in the field of apologetics. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Short version. This is a wonderful introduction for any professed Christian earnestly desiring to defend the Christian faith in our present era. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel S. Lee
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A New Kind of Apologist edited by Sean McDowell is a collection of essays addressing many of the challenges facing apologetics and apologists now. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J.W. Wartick
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Sean McDowell's book A New Kind of Apologist is a collection of more than 20 essays from various theologians, apologists, and other leading thinkers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Leach
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